Beginning with the anti-academic reactions of Beat poetry, contemporary American poetry has often been concerned with subverting the theories and criticisms of poetry in favor of philosophically and politically charged poetry that breaks down literary canons. Such subversion has created a schism between elitist and populist poets. In this course, students read, discuss, and write about contemporary American poetry after the Second World War, focusing largely on poets, formal and avant-garde, who are living and writing today. Course work consists of readings, criticism, discussions, short written analytical responses, imitative poems, formal essays, and group presentations. Poets covered may include Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Bukowski, Yusef Komunyakaa, Frank O’Hara, Adrienne Rich, Amiri Baraka, Carolyn Forché, Gary Soto, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Cathy Song, Sherman Alexie, and Lyn Hejinian, among others. Prerequisite: One 200-level course in literature. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: One Academic course at the 200 level or higher.